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Chosen for Gainful Employment

Chosen for Gainful Employment (Matthew 20: 1-15) preached on 5 August 2018 at 9:30 by Alastair Bolt
Sermon 9 in the series Parables of the Kingdom

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Bible Passage

Matthew 20:1–15 (Listen)

Laborers in the Vineyard

20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’

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Sermons in the Series Parables of the Kingdom

1 The Great Feast
2 The Mustard Tree
3 The Workers in the Vineyard
4 Working in the Vineyard
5 Wheat and Weeds
6 God Deploys Power To Create Parties
7 Good Listening
8 People of Zest, Purity and the Long View
9 Chosen for Gainful Employment
10 Smallness and Glorified Bigness
11 Rock or Sand?
12 Scattering, Leaving and Being Ready
13 Take Great Risks With Open Eyes
14 Abide in Me
15 Let Your Light Shine
16 Coming Home
17 Saying Yes and Being Yes
18 Edginess and Astuteness

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